In city of Almaty at KinoplexxSaryArka theater the gala premiere of “Zhaksylyk” film - directed and scripted by BakhytKairbekov- took place. The two cinema venues were crowded with people eager to watch the movie. After the screening there was a lenghthy standing ovation.
Biographical drama made by “Kazakhfilm” studio due to Ministry of Culture and Sports’ order tells about the life path of RoK’s Hero of Labour, a Soviet Greco- Roman wrestler, World Champion, Olympic Champion,
Honored Master of Sports of USSR (1980), Honored Coach of Kazakh Soviet Republic ZhaksylykUshkempirov.
The gala premiere was honored by the visit of Vice-minister of culture and sports of RoKUrkenBissakayev andHonored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President of “Kazakhfilm” studioArman Assenov, film’s cast&crew and, of course, Ushkempirov himself.
- ZhaksylykUshkempirov has forever encrypted his name into the chronicles of our sports as the very first Kazakh person that brought his Motherland the very first Olympic gold. His contribution into sports history is worth best appreciation. He is the living legend of Kazakh sport industry and a role model for all of the subsequent generations. Even today thousands of young boys get their inspiration from him, - said Vice-minister of culture and sports of RoKUrkenBissakayev.
- I am very happy to see the premiere of a film about ZhaksylykUshkempirov collected so many guests! This outstanding man’s story, of course, deserved a film adaptation. Having dedicated all his life to sports, this man clearly saw his goal, to become a champion. And he did it. I wish this movie reminds each one of the viewers of his bright victory and inspires raising new champions, - said Head of “Kazakhfilm” Arman Assenov.
- This is my first feature film. This is the story of a wrestler who for along time wasn’t given a chance to wrestle on international level. Having won all of possible domestic awards, he joined the world competition only during the Moscow Olympics in 1980. The whole USSR greeted him as country’s first ever champion, - told director and scriptwriter BakhytKairbekov.
- I am very impressed. Big thanks to the whole team, especially the cast that did their parts so well. Huge gratitude to our First President – Leader of the Nation who initiated the making of this film, and also to our Ministry of culture and sports. This film is, first of all, for our future generations. I wish our sportsmen keep winning gold at future Olympics, - said ZhaksylykUshkempirov.
Among the leading cast are ElnarNazarkul and SanurzhanSuleimenov who played
the parts of small and adolescent Ushkempirov. OlzhasSak acted as young wrestler while people’s artist of Kazakhstan, a Zhezkazgani actor DoszhanZhanbotayev played the part of a 60-year-old sportsman.
The principal photography took place in cities of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Almaty and in Almaty oblast. Key scenes of Soviet Olympics-80 where Ushkempirov won the gold in Greco Roman wrestling were shot in “Zhastar” Sports Palace of Taldy-Kurgan and also at “Dinamo” stadium in Minsk, Belarus. The Olympic village sequences were filmed in Belarussian Republican Olympic training center “Staiki”.